SINGAPORE 201052OLYMPIC REVIEWGermanyWhy did you become a Young Ambassador?Being a Young Ambassador at the first YouthOlympic Games is a once-in-a-lifetime chanceand a great honour for me. It offers me thechance to promote the Olympic values:excellence, friendship and respect. The nationaland international network I built up during the fiveyears of volunteer work in sports is a goodfoundation for this challenge. Because of myexperience in international youth work I am ableto support the young participants and help themovercome the barriers of culture and language.After meeting the other Young Ambassadors andthe CEP Champions in Singapore in March, it isdifficult to wait for the Youth Olympic Games tostart and to continue the great work weexperienced in March!What do you hope to achieve in your role?I want to give a piece of advice to all the youngpeople out there: GET INVOLVED!!! There will notbe any change if nobody asks for a change. TheYouth Olympic Games are going to be what youmake of them.What are you most looking forward to about the Youth Olympic Games?On 24 July, I will be taking part in the celebrationheld for the torch relay in Berlin. I will be meetingall the German athletes who have qualified forthe Youth Olympic Games to spark their interestin the CEP. During the Youth Olympic Games, Iwant to pass on my enthusiasm, especially to theathletes of my NOC, but also to all the otherathletes. I would like to be the contact person forany concern they have and to help them enjoythis experience. SingaporeWhy did you become a YoungAmbassador?To help make the Youth Olympic Games a great experience for the participants, not onlythrough sports, but also cultural education andfriendship. I became a Young Ambassadorbecause I believe that sports shape us intobetter citizens of the world through values thatare portrayed while competing, and that is what I hope to embrace.What do you hope to achieve in your role?I hope to touch the lives of as many youngathletes and visitors to Singapore during the Youth Olympic Games as possible. I also want to share the cultural diversity of Singapore with them - Singapore is a melting pot wherepeople have a deep sense of respect for eachother. I also hope to inspire and encourage youngpeople to join me in pursuing their Olympic dreamthrough the Youth Olympic Games in Singapore,where they will in turn touch the lives of otheryoung people around the world.What are you most looking forward to about the Youth Olympic Games?Making friends with athletes and visitors frommany different countries, as well as learningabout and understanding each other's Olympicand cultural values. In addition, I look forward tocreating a lasting impression on our visitors aboutSingapore and how we have in some wayinfluenced their memories during their short staywith us through the many cultural and educationalactivities planned for them.What is your favourite Olympic memory?My Olympic memory is one that occupies myheart and mind each time I train in the water as a national sailor in Singapore. It reminds me of adream yet to be filled but one that drives me inpursuit of sporting excellence. This pursuit has ledme to represent Singapore at several worldchampionships and regional games like the AsianGames. I hope to realise this Olympic dream in 2012 or 2016.AustraliaWhy did you become a Young Ambassador?Primarily to share my passion for sport with asmany people as possible. I feel that I can deliverthis with a great level of authenticity because I live and breathe it every day. Come Games-time,I hope the athletes feel that they can share theirjourney with me - their joy and theirdisappointment - and that I can reassure themwhen the Olympic environment can feel like a pressure cooker. What do you hope to achieve in your role?At a time when people are becoming moresedentary, if I can deliver the message of the YouthOlympic Games to more young Australians, andinspire them to get outside and play a game, anygame, to pick up a bat, or kick a ball, I will behappy. Even in the most unlikely of circumstances,sport brings people together, countries together. It also delivers a powerful message - theimportance and joy of living an active life. What are you most looking forward to about the Youth Olympic Games?I love exploring other cultures (food particularly!),and sport provides us with this opportunity. Irealise how lucky I was to compete in an OlympicGames in China - a place so culturally differentfrom Australia. It's one thing to visit a country as a tourist, but to live there and operate in acompletely different environment gives us such a greater level of understanding and appreciation.What is your favourite Olympic memory?My background in Olympic sport is as an athlete. I won a gold medal at the 2008 Beijing OlympicGames, in sailing, in the 470 women's class with my partner Tessa Parkinson. As with anyathlete who makes it to an Olympic Games, weendured a pretty tough ride. In retrospect though,it is the journey that I cherish the most; and as a team, our resilience and determination that I am most proud of.
CULTURE AND EDUCATIONOLYMPIC REVIEW53BrazilWhy did you become a Young Ambassador?I believe the activities promote a very healthycompetition atmosphere and are based on veryimportant values, such as teamwork, strategybuilding and friendship.What do you hope to achieve in your role?I believe our role in the YOG is very importantsince I have been to an actual Olympic Gamesand have seen how some professional athleteslack the abilities and attitudes we will be helpingto develop in the young athletes going toSingapore in August.What is your favourite Olympic memory?Competing at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games in the windsurfing competition.PhilippinesWhy did you become a CEP Champion? I was inspired by how the IOC and theSingapore Youth Olympic Games OrganisingCommittee (SYOGOC) wanted to incorporate theOlympic values of excellence, friendship andrespect through the Culture and EducationProgramme. In addition, I knew this was anotheropportunity for me to grow as a person andlearn something new. Lastly, I think this is reallya once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be part of the first Youth Olympic Games.What do you hope to achieve in your role? I want to promote CEP to the athletes and hopethat they will participate in the CEP activities,because not only is it engaging and fun, theywill also meet athletes from other cultures aswell as acquire skills that will help themintegrate their social and professional lives. What are you most looking forward to aboutthe Youth Olympic Games? To see youngathletes breaking new records and portrayingthe Olympic values.What is your favourite Olympic memory? It's got to be the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.From start to finish, China did a great job as thehost country. In addition, Michael Phelps goteight golds for swimming and Usain Bolt brokethe 100m and 200m world records!ChinaWhy did you become a Young Ambassador?I want to try my best to promote the YouthOlympic Games and the Olympic spirit in China.After the Beijing Games, almost everyone in Chinais interested in the Olympic Games. My task is tolet more people know about the new-born YOG.Another special task for me is to assist Nanjing to promote the 2nd Summer YOG in 2014. What do you hope to achieve in your role?My biggest mission is to make sure all thedelegates, especially the athletes from China, canenjoy their trip to the first Youth Olympic Games.During my visit to Singapore for the Culture andEducation Programme (CEP) Seminar, I found allthe other Young Ambassadors, CEP Champions,SYOGOC staff and volunteers so nice. All the CEPProgrammes are also amazing. I believe that theathletes will enjoy their stay in Singapore.SingaporeWhy did you become a CEP Champion? I was very excited when Singapore wasannounced as the host city of the inauguralYouth Olympic Games and I wanted to be part ofthe event ever since. In August 2009, I wasgiven the opportunity to volunteer for the Gamesand take part in the CEP and I readily took upthe challenge. It was a way for me to beinvolved in a major international sporting eventin Singapore.What do you hope to achieve in your role? I hope that by being a volunteer and a CEPChampion in the Youth Olympic Games, I canhelp make the international delegates andathletes feel at home away from home. I hope togive them a lasting and memorable experienceof the inaugural Youth Olympic Games and help do my part for Singapore.What are you most looking forward to aboutthe Youth Olympic Games? Games time of course! I can't wait to welcomeyoung people from all over the world toSingapore and share my local culture with them.As a CEP Champion, I've had the privilege ofexperiencing most of the CEP activitiesbeforehand and I wish to share this experiencewith as many people as I can.What is your favourite Olympic memory?Currently, it must be the CEP Seminar in March. I had a role to play in organising portions of the seminar and it was a very memorableexperience interacting with the Chef-de-missions, the Young Ambassadors and the localCEP Champions! But I'm sure a morememorable experience will come in August!Sixty CEP Champions from Singapore will workalongside the Young Ambassadors, helping the athletes make the most of their YouthOlympic Games experience